Ever since I was a kid I loved Greek mythology. I read everything I could get my hands on and then when I moved into my teen years I started reading romance that included Greek mythology elements. These days I love books that play on the famous stories of mythology and ancient Greece while keeping them in Ancient Greece. Below I’ve included some of my favorite recent reads as well as books I’m looking forward to reading this year.
First up is the author Madeline Miller. She is the queen of Greek mythology in my opinion. She even got her BA and MA in Classics. This year I read her books Circe and The Song of Achilles and they were fantastic. You can read my review of Achilles here. Both stories are set in the world I’ve always imagined them taking place in, which is Ancient Greece with a dash of magic and vengeful gods.
Next up in a new release I can’t wait to read. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker simply put is about the women captured by the Greeks and their experiences living in the Greek camps during the final weeks of the Trojan War. Normally these women are overshadowed by the men of the war like Achilles and Odysseus and are only a footnote in stories about Troy. I am thrilled to have a book focus on this lesser known aspect of the war and the women involved.
Lastly, another recent release is the young adult fantasy A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan. This is another book high on my reading list. This book is about King Midas’s daughter and the consequences his gift has on her and her the ability to sense gold. As the blurb says, “She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.” I recommend this to anyone looking for a YA book about Greek mythology.